Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein trav­els across Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Britain, Greece, and Australia to witness the reality of disaster capitalism. He discovers how companies such as G4S, Serco, and Halliburton cash in on or­ganized misery in a hidden world of privatized detention centers, militarized private security, aid profiteering, and destructive mining.

Disaster has become big business. Talking to immigrants stuck in limbo in Britain or visiting immigration centers in America, Loewenstein maps the secret networks formed to help cor­porations bleed what profits they can from economic crisis. He debates with Western contractors in Afghanistan, meets the locals in post-earthquake Haiti, and in Greece finds a country at the mercy of vulture profiteers. In Papua New Guinea, he sees a local commu­nity forced to rebel against predatory resource companies and NGOs.

What emerges through Loewenstein’s re­porting is a dark history of multinational corpo­rations that, with the aid of media and political elites, have grown more powerful than national governments. In the twenty-first century, the vulnerable have become the world’s most valu­able commodity. Disaster Capitalism is published by Verso in 2015 and in paperback in January 2017.

Profits_of_doom_cover_350Vulture capitalism has seen the corporation become more powerful than the state, and yet its work is often done by stealth, supported by political and media elites. The result is privatised wars and outsourced detention centres, mining companies pillaging precious land in developing countries and struggling nations invaded by NGOs and the corporate dollar. Best-selling journalist Antony Loewenstein travels to Afghanistan, Pakistan, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and across Australia to witness the reality of this largely hidden world of privatised detention centres, outsourced aid, destructive resource wars and militarized private security. Who is involved and why? Can it be stopped? What are the alternatives in a globalised world? Profits of Doom, published in 2013 and released in an updated edition in 2014, challenges the fundamentals of our unsustainable way of life and the money-making imperatives driving it. It is released in an updated edition in 2014.
forgodssakecover Four Australian thinkers come together to ask and answer the big questions, such as: What is the nature of the universe? Doesn't religion cause most of the conflict in the world? And Where do we find hope?   We are introduced to different belief systems – Judaism, Christianity, Islam – and to the argument that atheism, like organised religion, has its own compelling logic. And we gain insight into the life events that led each author to their current position.   Jane Caro flirted briefly with spiritual belief, inspired by 19th century literary heroines such as Elizabeth Gaskell and the Bronte sisters. Antony Loewenstein is proudly culturally, yet unconventionally, Jewish. Simon Smart is firmly and resolutely a Christian, but one who has had some of his most profound spiritual moments while surfing. Rachel Woodlock grew up in the alternative embrace of Baha'i belief but became entranced by its older parent religion, Islam.   Provocative, informative and passionately argued, For God's Sakepublished in 2013, encourages us to accept religious differences, but to also challenge more vigorously the beliefs that create discord.  
After Zionism, published in 2012 and 2013 with co-editor Ahmed Moor, brings together some of the world s leading thinkers on the Middle East question to dissect the century-long conflict between Zionism and the Palestinians, and to explore possible forms of a one-state solution. Time has run out for the two-state solution because of the unending and permanent Jewish colonization of Palestinian land. Although deep mistrust exists on both sides of the conflict, growing numbers of Palestinians and Israelis, Jews and Arabs are working together to forge a different, unified future. Progressive and realist ideas are at last gaining a foothold in the discourse, while those influenced by the colonial era have been discredited or abandoned. Whatever the political solution may be, Palestinian and Israeli lives are intertwined, enmeshed, irrevocably. This daring and timely collection includes essays by Omar Barghouti, Jonathan Cook, Joseph Dana, Jeremiah Haber, Jeff Halper, Ghada Karmi, Antony Loewenstein, Saree Makdisi, John Mearsheimer, Ahmed Moor, Ilan Pappe, Sara Roy and Phil Weiss.
The 2008 financial crisis opened the door for a bold, progressive social movement. But despite widespread revulsion at economic inequity and political opportunism, after the crash very little has changed. Has the Left failed? What agenda should progressives pursue? And what alternatives do they dare to imagine? Left Turn, published by Melbourne University Press in 2012 and co-edited with Jeff Sparrow, is aimed at the many Australians disillusioned with the political process. It includes passionate and challenging contributions by a diverse range of writers, thinkers and politicians, from Larissa Berendht and Christos Tsiolkas to Guy Rundle and Lee Rhiannon. These essays offer perspectives largely excluded from the mainstream. They offer possibilities for resistance and for a renewed struggle for change.
The Blogging Revolution, released by Melbourne University Press in 2008, is a colourful and revelatory account of bloggers around the globe why live and write under repressive regimes - many of them risking their lives in doing so. Antony Loewenstein's travels take him to private parties in Iran and Egypt, internet cafes in Saudi Arabia and Damascus, to the homes of Cuban dissidents and into newspaper offices in Beijing, where he discovers the ways in which the internet is threatening the ruld of governments. Through first-hand investigations, he reveals the complicity of Western multinationals in assisting the restriction of information in these countries and how bloggers are leading the charge for change. The blogging revolution is a superb examination about the nature of repression in the twenty-first century and the power of brave individuals to overcome it. It was released in an updated edition in 2011, post the Arab revolutions, and an updated Indian print version in 2011.
The best-selling book on the Israel/Palestine conflict, My Israel Question - on Jewish identity, the Zionist lobby, reporting from Palestine and future Middle East directions - was released by Melbourne University Press in 2006. A new, updated edition was released in 2007 (and reprinted again in 2008). The book was short-listed for the 2007 NSW Premier's Literary Award. Another fully updated, third edition was published in 2009. It was released in all e-book formats in 2011. An updated and translated edition was published in Arabic in 2012.

The hatred within

Israeli society is riddled with hate:

Maariv reported last week on a survey which found, not surprisingly after five gruesome years of Palestinian Arab belligerence, that topping the “most hated” list for nearly all Israelis were Palestinians. But 67 percent of leftists hated “settlers” even more than Palestinians.

“Besides settlers, the Orthodox, haredim, leftists and Arab Israelis also scored high on being despised.”

Many in the Palestinian community equally hate Jews and Israelis, not least because of the brutal occupation.

There will be no peace until this hatred is eradicated or largely reduced. The current path is unlikely to achieve either.

12 comments ↪
  • TimT

    Nice example of unbalanced reporting there, Ant. Slip in a reference to Israel's 'brutal occupation', but omit any allusion to suicide bombings, or the control that terrorist groups like Hamas have over Palestinian society. Veeeeeery niiiiice.

  • Ibrahamav

    Face it, AL can't help apologizing for the accident of his birth.

  • Clumsy Birds

    Many in the Palestinian community equally hate Jews and IsraelisPalestinians hate Muslim-Israelis too? Hmm… Must be jealousy over the public education, health, voting rights, general welfare, and separate education and religious court system (if they want it), that Arab/Muslim Israelis receive, while Palestinian Muslims get the shaft and Arafat’s various devil spawn.

  • neoleftychick

    stewieI think you have summed it up. Apart from their general vileness, the Muslims can not stand Israel because everyday it is a reminder of the failure of Islam as a culture and the inferiority of the Arabs who have adopted Islam as a guide to life.As the psych-children that they are the Muslims would rather obliterate the reminder than emulate it.

  • Wombat

    Neo,You're not doing yourself any favours with trashing the entire muslim population every time you make reference to them. You know perfectly well that there are an abundance of muslims who do not fit the stereotype you constantly refer to.For example, Saddam aside, Iraq still provided one of the best education and helath systems in the Middle East. In spite fo the sanctions, Iraq was remarkably self sufficiant throughout the 90's.What you and Stewie are otherwise alluding to, has some elements of truth to it, but is only half the argument. You can't ignore the impact of aid. If the US tripped over themselves to throw money at the Palestinians the way they do with Israel, things may be decidedly different.

  • Ibrahamav

    While trashing the entire muslim population of the 56 (?) Islamic nations is wrong, it's just so damned easy to do.But it is their leadership that keeps them the way they are.Just like their leadership keeps the typical palestinian in a refugee camp.

  • neoleftychick

    addamoI don't get you. Muslims prattle on 24/7 about undifferentiated Islam. They bang on ablut "the muslim nation," "infidel,s" "Americans" "the Jews." Many others here constantly bang on about "Zionists," "fascists," "racists" and on and on and on.If the best the Muslim world has to offer in defence of its decency and ingenuity is Saddam Hussein, then I rest my case. And why the hell should the United Sattes give terrorist Palestinians anything at all. You would do well to realise that if it weren't for all the oil in the middle east the Soviet Union, Europe, and the US would have dumped the Muslims decades ago and Israel would now have the whole of mandatory Palestine, which is what it is due. The Muslims would have been treated like all aggressors who lose wars. The fact that the Nazi Palestinian Muslims are even being considered for a state alongside Israel should be a source of shame for the entire world.Trust me it is the Muslims who do the blanket-statement shtick. As Ibrahamv suggested it is just far more appropriate to generalise than to look for the needle in the haystack.Addamo, you are so cloaked in denial you are suffocating.

  • Wombat

    Oh Neo,You made one of your typical "fuck the arabs" by implying that the Arab population has some genetic flaw which prevents them from running a state. I provided an example to the contrary and you prattle on about my using Saddam as a yard stick. The muslim world may not be your idea of paradise, but they have manged to keep their heads above water for thousands of years. I doubt we can expect to see many wetsrn countries exhibit anywhere close to the same longevity.

  • Woodge

    Neolefty chick, have you ever met a muslim or been to a muslim country? Or do you just like to use basless generalisations to try to get your point across. I think it is the later.

  • Ibrahamav

    Like Nazi germany, the Arab world has a fixation on jews. When Jews had no power, it was latent and lax with an occationa jew-ass kicking to satisfy this fixation.But as soon as the Jews appeared to be amassing into a mighty nation… Genetic? hardly. But advanced by people who think like you? Of course.

  • Wombat

    Ibrahamav said…"But as soon as the Jews appeared to be amassing into a mighty nation… Genetic? hardly. But advanced by people who think like you? Of course."Huhh?

  • Edward Mariyani-Squi

    neoleftychick said… Muslims prattle on 24/7 about undifferentiated Islam. Which ones are you talking about? There are so many to choose from with so many different views. 😛